COVID-19: Doctors Raise Alarm over Private Treatment of Suspected Cases in A’Ibom

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…Say it’s a sabotage on efforts of the govt, NMA

Some medical practitioners in Akwa Ibom State have raised alarm over the private treatment of some suspected coronavirus patients in their facilities.

Speaking with this reporter, one Dr Solomon Bassey who revealed this information in Uyo, on Monday, April 20, said that some doctors in the state were treating symptomatic patients in their private clinics, having been trained on how to manage patients with such conditions.

“Since they have been trained on precautionary measures and how to handle a COVID-19 patient, many of them are now treating them in their private clinics and collecting huge amounts of money”, Dr Bassey said.

The medical practitioner lamented the dangers they were exposing themselves, staff members and the general public to by such act and condemned it.

“They are only sabotaging the NMA and government’s efforts in fighting the dreaded virus”, he stated.

He revealed further that the latest casualty recorded in the state was a patient who was being managed secretly in a private facility but could not be resuscitated after days of futile medical care.

He decried the attitude of some of his colleagues, describing it as selfish and a direct means of putting people’s lives at risk.

He therefore called on medical practitioners in the state to desist from such acts and allow the government perform its duty of safe guarding the lives of her citizens, while advising people to only report to the approved COVID-19 management centers through their respective contacts, abide by the rules of personal hygiene and avoid self-medication.